Sunday, October 7, 2018

We Interrupt The Pumpkin Patch For This Important Message

Trying to be quiet in this house at 4:30 am with two dogs can be trying.  Especially when the two dogs know there is another dog in the house.

Friend Cyndae showed up with her little pooch Rusty (another poodle) at the Buzzard's Roost Hotel, just in time for dinner.  Luckily she brought it with her.  Applebee's salmon ... my favorite!!

Try as I might to keep Cooper quiet the next morning, that never happens when there is a ball to keep away from THAT dog.  Once fed however, they usually settle down while I work on the blog.  On this particular day, I checked my emails first.  I'm always more than suspicious about anything that looks too REAL, if you know what I mean.  This day it was a note from PG & E ... the company best known for sucking money from my pocket on a daily basis.

Here's what it said:

This month* your utility bill will include a credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your utility bills.
The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change. This credit is from a state program that requires power plants and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program.
The Climate Credit is one of many programs resulting from landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Together, these programs are cutting pollution, creating jobs, and investing in cleaner energy and transportation. Your Climate Credit is designed to help you join in these efforts.

I can always use a credit, especially from these guys.  So what is this program that is fighting climate change?  They require power plants and large industries (of which there are few in California since they all fled to lower tax states) to buy carbon pollution permits.  In other words, those business are paying to allow them to emit greenhouse gases?  Apparently we are getting part of those permit fees.

How and why is that happening?  Is this their idea of a payback to keep us from gathering a lynch mob together over increasingly high prices?

So how are these permits creating jobs and cutting pollution?  Maybe the companies will invent cleaner ways of producing energy?  I suppose that might create jobs, but doesn't that just cost them even more causing them to flee California?  I'm confused.  Happy I'm getting some kind of a credit, but confused over the whole permit thing and how this helps.

I think I have a reader that worked for PG&E.  Maybe he knows.  I'll let you know just how much my credit will be when the bill comes out on the 20th.  Funny ... out of all the mail that has been stolen from our mailboxes around here, no one has ever stolen my PG&E bill.

I had a lovely day yesterday, just hanging out doing absolutely NOTHING until time to attend the funeral.  I'm not good at those sorts of things.  He did have lots of friends who loved him.  I'm sure he was looking down with a smile at the packed house.

I spent the rest of the day watching the baseball playoff games.  Definitely not as exciting when YOUR team is not playing.  I'll be back to the grind today, but not going in until 9:30 and leaving early.  I've decided I'm going to burn out quickly if I keep up the present schedule.

In the meantime, baaaaaaaaa from the goats and Sneaky Pete says HI!!


  1. If you swipe your credit at a penny candy store you'll probably be lucky to get one or two pieces
    I wonder,,, does a penny candy store still charge a penny for a penny candy ??

    1. Nah .... I think they're up to something like 10 cents each now. Inflation, you know!

  2. Nice to get any rebate especially when it's legit.
    Be Safe and Enjoy by Pacing yourself.

    It's about time.

    1. True on the rebate. We shall see just how much it is!!

  3. Nice that you had a relaxing day off, Funerals are not fun but things that we do for friends and family of loved ones. Then credit will be nice on you utilities for sure. Glad that don't pay for services anymore being full-time safes us a ton of money .

    1. Huh ... I never thought about that. You don't pay for hardly anything. No yard maintenance, no garbage, only fuel and electricity ... and sometimes not even that!!

  4. My husband works for PGE and basically what you said is correct, Solar, wind and hydro are the only types of clean energy the state recognizes. Coal, natural gas and nuclear(even thought it does not emit any greenhouse gas) have to buy the permit. The job creation comes in because the state wants to go totally clean, but those types cannot provided all the energy needed, so the need for other types of power is still there. Confusing and not a great law, but it is what we have.

    1. I knew you would have a better answer. Thanks Debbie! I didn't know the permits were for coal .. do we have that in California? I can see them wanting cleaner types of energy but California has nothing to offer except high wages.